CJP Nisar takes notice of vandalism during TLP protests


–PM Khan briefed about crackdown against protesters

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday took notice of vandalism during the protests called by Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) after Aasiya Bibi’s acquittal in a blasphemy case by the Supreme Court (SC).

He also directed the federal and the provincial governments to submit a report on the destruction of public and private property during the protests.

According to a spokesperson of the top court, CJP Nisar sought a report about the damages in order to compensate those who suffered the loss of valuables and lives.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan was presented with a report regarding action being taken against individuals involved in the TLP protests.

According to the report, cases have been registered against as many as 5,000 violent protesters and all resources are being mobilised, and the federal government will also contact the provincial governments, defence ministry and other state institutions for their help in the matter.

PM Khan was also informed that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is taking action against those engaged in cybercrime. Pictures and videos are also being used to aid the investigation against the miscreants.

TLP chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s Twitter account was blocked on Sunday.

The interior ministry on Monday released photographs of several individuals who damaged public property as a crackdown continues against those involved in rioting during a nationwide protest last week.

After SC’s October 31 judgement that acquitted Aasiya Bibi, a Christian woman, in a blasphemy case, TLP launched a countrywide protest, bringing several cities to a standstill for nearly three days.